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To my readers:

I am pleased to tell you that I have merged my blog into my updated website. On my new homepage you will see the three most recent blog posts, as well as being able to navigate through the blog categories directly at any time.   You will also easily find “PLANNING AHEAD: Industry Events of Note” as its own category, as well as my event calendar “MVS ON THE ROAD” prominently featured on the new website.  Click here now:

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Thanks so much for visiting the past five years, and hope you will bookmark my new website.

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November 10th in San Francisco: David Maisel lectures at the Morgan Auditorium

Artist DAVID MAISEL will be giving a lecture this Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy of Art University’sMorgan Auditorium, 491 Post Street in San Francisco.

This talk is free and open to the public.

David’s talk is not to be missed!!  His publication LIBRARY OF DUST (Chronicle Books) is featured as a Case Study in “Publish Your Photography Book” by my coauthor Darius Himes and myself (Princeton Architectural Press, Winter 2011) is From David Maisel’s website:

“David Maisel’s large-scaled, otherworldly photographs chronicle the complex relationships between natural systems and human intervention, piecing together the fractured logic that informs them both.

Maisel’s aerial images of environmentally impacted sites explore the aesthetics and politics of open pit mines, clear-cut forests, and zones of water reclamation, framing the issues of contemporary landscape with equal measures of documentation and metaphor. As Leah Ollman states in the Los Angeles Times, “Maisel’s work over the past two decades has argued for an expanded definition of beauty, one that bypasses glamour to encompass the damaged, the transmuted, the decomposed.”

Library of Dust depicts copper canisters containing the cremated remains of patients from a psychiatric institution. Vibrant minerals bloom on the urns’ surfaces, as the copper reacts with the ashes held within. The New York Times calls Maisel’s Library of Dust monograph “a fevered meditation on memory, loss, and the uncanny monuments we sometimes recover about what has gone before.”

History’s Shadow, Maisel’s current project, further explores the boundaries and essential properties of the medium, as he re-photographs x-rays of art objects, drawing from existing archives the spectral visions of past cultures. As always, Maisel seeks to render the invisible.”  This project will be published by Nazraeli Press

Library of Dust and History’s Shadow are on view through the end of the year at the California Museum of Photography.

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October 7th: David Maisel speaks on “Library of Dust” and “History’s Shadow” projects UCR

From David Maisel’s website:

©David Maisel: History’s Shadow GMS

“David Maisel: Shadow and Dust”
David Maisel: Shadow and Dust will be on view at the California Museum of Photography from August 31, 2010 until January 1, 2011. The exhibition of more than 100 photographs comprising two floors of the museum will feature the first museum showing of Maisel’s “History’s Shadow” on the first floor, and an extensive selection from his “Library of Dust” on the second floor. A reception will be held during the opening celebration of the new Culver Center for the Arts from Thursday October 7 through Saturday October 9. On Saturday October 9, Maisel will have a public conversation with the exhibiton’s curator, Colin Westerbeck, at 2:30 PM, in the museum’s Ocularium.

From the UCR website:

“David Maisel

August 31, 2010 – January 1, 2011

UCR/California Museum of Photography

Artist Reception: October 7, 6-10p”

For more information click here to go to the UCR Department of the History of Art website.

To hear an interview with David Maisel on Studio 360 (9/3/10), click here.

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Deadline October 1st: Davis Orton Gallery “PHOTOBOOK!!” Competition

From the Davis Orton Gallery website:

“PHOTOBOOK!! Competition

The Photographer and the Self-Published PhotoBook

The self-published photobook is an exciting new avenue for photographers to present their work directly to the public. In addition, the photobook itself can be a work of art.

As part of the Davis Orton Gallery’s commitment to showcasing the work of contemporary photographers, the Gallery is sponsoring a juried photobook competition culminating in a gallery exhibition and sale.

PHOTOBOOK!! GALLERY EXHIBITION AND SALE

20 books exhibited

4 ‘best of show’ will include framed prints

12 month online catalog

The exhibition and sale will feature 20 winning books.  Of the 20 winning entries, four books will be selected as Best in Show. Photographers awarded Best in Show will also exhibit up to four photographs (depending on size) in the gallery.  An online catalog of the winning works, with links to the photographers’ websites or online storefronts will remain on the Davis Orton Gallery website for one year.

JUROR: PAULA TOGNARELLI

Paula Tognarelli is the Executive Director and Curator of the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, MA. The Griffin Museum of Photography is a small photography museum whose mission is to promote an appreciation of photographic art and a broader understanding of its visual, emotional and social impact. The Griffin Museum houses three galleries on-site, two virtual galleries and four satellite galleries.

Ms. Tognarelli is an avid collector of photography books.

EXHIBITION DATES

November 18 to December 19, 2010 with an opening reception Saturday, November 20, 2010, 6 to 8 p.m.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE

The Submission period begins August 15, 2010 and ends on October 1, 2010.
Entries must be in-hand or postmarked by October 1.
Once entered, all submissions are final; no changes or edits may be made to your book.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

PHOTOBOOK!! is open to photographers in the United States and abroad* who have made a photography book via any on-demand, self-publishing printing service such as blurb, lulu, viovio, iphoto, etc. that produces commercial quality printing and binding.

Entrants may submit up to three different titles that are self-published photography books of any size, format, or style: hard cover, soft cover, case-wraps, landscape, portrait, square, color, black and white.

You’ll send one (returnable) “jury copy” of each book to the gallery for jurying.

Submissions will be judged on the basis of: cover design, strength of the photography, subject matter of the book, page layouts, editing and sequencing and emotional impact of the overall book. All judging is at the complete discretion of the juror and all decisions of the juror are final.

By entering, you warrant that each submission is an original work of authorship created by you, the photographer, and that it does not infringe any third party’s rights, and that you have obtained any necessary permissions.

SUBMISSION FEE

The fee for submission of up to three books is $25″

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September 10th, DC: Panel Discussion with artists on “Intersections / Intersecciones” at the Smithsonian American Art Museum is free, open to public

Muriel Hasbun will moderate this panel, and sent me this information:

Intersections/ Intersecciones
Friday, September 10, 2010, 6:30pm
McEvoy Auditorium, Lower Level
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Free and open to the public

Artists Kathy VargasMaría Martínez-Cañas, and Martina López discuss the intersection of Latino culture and gender identity in their work.

Las artistas Kathy VargasMaría Martínez-Cañas yMartina López discuten la intersección de la cultura latina y la identidad de género en sus obras. Moderado por Muriel Hasbun, profesora asociada de fotografía artística en el Corcoran College of Art + Design.

Moderated by Muriel Hasbun, associate professor of fine art photography at the Corcoran College of Art + Design.

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Minneapolis: Alec Soth exhibition opens September 12th with film, artist’s talk, remains on view through January 2, 2011 at the Walker Art Center

How exciting for Alec to have a major exhibition at one of our finest home town museums. I can’t wait to see him and this show this weekend!

SUNDAY, September 12th is a great day to be in Minneapolis, if you can.

Click here to read an interview on the Walker Art Center blog:  “Dismantling My Career: A Conversation with Alec Soth and Bartholomew Ryan”

Click here to view Alec’s blog and read his comments anticipating and installing the exhibition.

Click here to learn about and buy the exhibition catalogue “From Here to There: Alec Soth’s America”

Summary

Read the WAC Press Release (note the Flickr Pool project, and dial-in audio tour with the artist, AND the well deserved credit to CURATOR):

“Alec Soth’s Photographs Form an Offbeat Portrait of the American Experience
Artist’s First Major Survey Exhibition Premieres at Walker Art Center September 12-January 2

Within the wanderlust embodied in Alec Soth’s photographs is an impulse to uncover narratives that comprise the American experience. From Here to There: Alec Soth’s America, organized by the Walker Art Center and premiering in Minneapolis September 12, 2010–January 2, 2011, is the first major U.S. survey to explore the past 15 years of work by one of the most compelling voices in contemporary photography. While Soth’s practice has taken him throughout the world, from Paris to London to Bogota to the Republic of Georgia, the Walker exhibition focuses specifically on his pictures made in the United States. Featuring over 100 photographs, the presentation includes early black-and-white images of Minneapolis working-class taverns, as well as examples from his well-known series Sleeping by the Mississippi, NIAGARA, Fashion Magazine, and The Last Days of W.Also debuting in the exhibition is a major new series, Broken Manual, as well as other bodies of work not exhibited until now.

Soth will discuss his work and the world of contemporary photography with George Slade, curator at the Photographic Resource Center at Boston University and former artistic director at the Minnesota Center for Photography, at an Opening-Day Talk on Sunday, September 12 at 2p.m.. A complete listing of related programs follows.

Soth’s working process is firmly situated in a tradition established by such photographers as Robert Frank, Stephen Shore, William Eggleston, and Joel Sternfeld, whose work has at its heart the American road and whose images persistently capture average individuals and everyday settings. Soth’s is a distinct perspective, however, one in which the act of wandering, the method of embracing serendipity when seeking out his subjects, and the process of telling are as resonant as the photographic record of his remarkable encounters. When considered together, these pictures probe the idiosyncrasies of people, objects, and places he discovers on his journeys, and form an offbeat and absorbing portrait of the American experience.

Soth’s method of engaging his subjects, he has said, is like “web surfing in the real world,” following leads with the fervor of a detective, and allowing each encounter with a place or individual to segue to the next through a kind of free-associative research. As the journeys unfold, he delves deeper into stories real and imagined. Though rich in detail and often exquisitely composed, his works evidence careful restraint; it is often what is not revealed which most piques our imagination. Working primarily with a cumbersome 8×10 field camera, which elicits remarkable detail and color, he must spend considerable time setting up his shots, often leaving his portrait subjects relaxed and lost in their own thoughts rather than performing for his lens. As a result, the artist’s distanced and sympathetic stance captures these individuals as they are—ordinary people living their lives in the places where he has met them.

Soth first received wide public attention and critical acclaim in 2004 with Sleeping by the Mississippi,an ambitious five-year project—also published as a book—in which he traveled up and down the Mississippi River capturing places and people he came across, often with an eye tuned toward small-town curiosities, offbeat characters, and the chance of finding beauty in banal or overlooked settings.NIAGARA, Soth’s next major American project, focuses on the eponymous waterfall which has long stood in the national vernacular as a symbol of grandeur and romance. What Soth finds at the falls and in the aging environs of tourist motels are complex stories that form a contemporary mythology of love, its promises and failures. Other bodies of work featured in the exhibition include a rarely seen group of Soth’s early black-and-white photographs made in Minnesota; a project presenting a typology of abandoned and repurposed American movie theaters in Texas; a new series focused on women in Louisiana who embrace the Goth lifestyle; and a selection of portraits, interiors, still lifes, and landscapes from more recent series, including Fashion Magazine and The Last Days of W., made in locations across the United States.

Featured prominently in the exhibition is Soth’s most recent body of work, entitled Broken Manual, that investigates places to which people retreat to escape civilization—capturing individuals who have chosen to live “off the grid,” from monks and survivalists to hermits and runaways. The series includes literary contributions from author Lester B. Morrison, who grew from the artist’s publishing imprint Little Brown Mushroom Books, and now is a key contributor to Soth’s popular new blog (littlebrownmushroom.wordpress.com). Mining a very different side of the American experience than Soth’s previous work, these pictures and words probe into deeply psychological terrain, and collected as an installation, create compelling, often dark vignettes that hint at what lies at America’s fringes.

The exhibition additionally features a “library” area, which allows visitors further insight into Soth’s process, and includes a reading area for his publications, as well as a display of maquettes for book and ‘zine projects, and short video works. This area also presents ephemera the artist has gathered on the road, including love letters collected during the making of NIAGARA, notes, found objects, and other mementos.

Exhibition Catalogue
From Here to There: Alec Soth’s America is the first exhibition catalogue to consider the full spectrum of Soth’s work. Featuring more than 100 of the artist’s photographs made over the past 15 years, the book includes new critical essays by exhibition curator Siri Engberg, curator and art historian Britt Salvesen, and critic Barry Schwabsky, which offer context on the artist’s working process, the photo-historical tradition behind his practice, and reflections on his latest series of works. Novelist Geoff Dyer’s “Riverrun”—a meditation on Soth’s series Sleeping by the Mississippi—and August Kleinzahler’s poem “Sleeping It Off in Rapid City” contribute to the thoughtful exploration of this body of work. Also included in the publication is a 48-page artist’s book by Soth entitled The Loneliest Man in Missouri, a photographic essay with short, diaristic texts capturing the banality and ennui of middle America’s suburban fringes, with their corporate office parks, strip clubs, and chain restaurants. The full-color publication includes a complete exhibition history, bibliography, and interview with the artist by Walker assistant curator Bartholomew Ryan.

Distributed by D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers, Inc., 155 Sixth Avenue, Second Floor, New York, NY 10013, 800.338.2665 (phone), 800.478.3128 (fax), artbook.com, and available at the Walker Art Center Shop, 612.375.7633 (phone), 612.375.7565 (fax). ISBN 978-0-935640-96-0 $60 ($54 Walker members).

Art on Call: Free Audio Guide
Listen as Alec Soth talks about his series of photographs and sections of the exhibition. Call 612.374.8200 or point your mobile browser to walkerart.org. Look for the Art on Call stop numbers on the labels in the gallery.

Jump into Alec Soth’s Flickr Pool
In conjunction with the exhibition, the public is invited to take part in the artist’s group photography project on Flickr. For details, visit the artist’s blog (littlebrownmushroom.wordpress.com) starting September 1.

About the Artist
Born in 1969 and raised in Minnesota, where he continues to live and work, Alec Soth attended Sarah Lawrence College. He has received fellowships from the McKnight Foundation (1999, 2004) and Jerome Foundation (2001), was the recipient of the 2003 Santa Fe Prize for Photography, and was short-listed for the highly prestigious Deutsche Börse Photography Prize. His work is in many private and public collections, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and the Walker Art Center; it has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including the 2004 Whitney and São Paulo Biennials. He is a member of Magnum Photos and is represented in Minneapolis by Weinstein Gallery, and in New York by Gagosian Gallery.

Exhibition Curator
From Here to There: Alec Soth’s America is curated by Siri Engberg, Visual Arts Curator at the Walker Art Center. Since joining the staff in 1990, she has organized numerous exhibitions, including solo shows of Claes Oldenburg, Ellsworth Kelly, Robert Motherwell, Joan Mitchell, and Donald Judd, and co-curated thematic exhibitions, including Art Performs Life: Merce Cunningham/Meredith Monk/Bill T. Jones (1998) and The Home Show (2000). She is curator of Paper Trail (2007) and 1964 (2010) as well as the touring exhibitions Frank Stella at Tyler Graphics (1997), Edward Ruscha: Editions 1959-1999 (1999), Chuck Close: Self-Portraits 1967-2005 (2005, with Madeleine Grynsztejn), and Kiki Smith: A Gathering 1980-2005 (2005). A specialist in works on paper, Engberg has authored a variety of publications on contemporary art, including two Walker-published catalogues raisonnés—on the editions of Edward Ruscha and the prints of Robert Motherwell.
From Here to There: Alec Soth’s America is organized by the Walker Art Center.

RELATED EVENTS

Opening Weekend, Walker Art Center:

Film: Somewhere to Disappear
Directed by Laure Flammarion and Arnaud Uyttenhove
Sunday, September 12, 12 noon, Free
Cinema

This documentary follows artist Alec Soth as he journeys throughout America in search of subjects—hermits, survivalists, and others seeking a retreat from civilization—during the making of his latest series of photographs. 2010, 35mm, 57 minutes.”

CONVERSATION: Alec Soth with George Slade

Sunday, September 12th 2:00 pm in the Cinema, Walker Art Center   $10.00  ($8.00 for WAC Members)

PAUL SHAMBROOM on ALEC SOTH’S AMERICA

October 7th, 6:30 p.m.  FREE

Target Gallery, Walker Art Center

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September 12th: Luis Gonzalez Palma speaks at the Center for Creative Photography, Tucson

At 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 12th, LUIS GONZALEZ PALMA will give a lecture at the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona in Tucson.  From the CCP:

“This lecture is being held at CCP in conjunction with an exhibition of Guatemalan photographer Luis Gonzalez Palma’s hand-colored gelatin silver photographs on view at Etherton Gallery, 135 S. 6th Avenue, opening September 7 and showing through November 6.  Palma’s images, which are part of a larger Etherton Gallery exhibition entitled, Ojos bien abiertos/Eyes Wide Open, challenge the cultural myths and historical understanding that have conditioned our appraisal of Latin America. His new work features portraits of young women with bleached, riveting eyes. The series, inspired by Portuguese poet, Fernando Pessoa (1888-1935), articulates Palma’s belief that, “when we see, we do not see what we see, we see who we are.”

The Etherton Gallery exhibition opening this Saturday.  From the exhibition webpage:

Opening: Ojos Bien Abiertos/Eyes Wide Open
September 7 – November 6, 2010
Opening Reception: 7 – 10 pm, Saturday, September 11, 2010



“Etherton Gallery starts off its 30th year with three distinguished artists in Ojos Bien Abiertos/Eyes Wide Open, an exhibition that will make you look and then make you see.

Mexican photojournalist Rodrigo Moya laid witness to politics, celebrity, war, and workers in his 30-year career in the 1950s and ’60s. From guerillas in Venezuela to his iconic images of Che Guevara, taken in Havana in 1964, Moya’s dramatic photographs go beyond the printed page to the heart of the era. Guatemalan-born photographer Luis Gonzalez Palma, who will travel here from his home in Argentina, says he tries to “portray the soul of a people” in his intimate portraits where the direct gaze of his subjects conjures universal questions of truth, passion and wisdom. And wielding the tools of her trade to cut white marks into black surfaces with surgical precision, Alice Leora Briggsbrings her layered perspective of current events to the fore, including her response to the horrific violence in Juárez, featured in her new book with Charles Bowden, Dreamland: The Way Out of Juárez.

Ojos Bien Abiertos/Eyes Wide Open Events Not to Miss:

  • Booksigning for Dreamland: The Way Out of Juárez with Alice Leora Briggs and Charles Bowden
    2 – 5 pm, Saturday, September 25, at Etherton Gallery
  • Artist Talk with Luis Gonzalez Palma
    2 pm, Sunday, September 12, at the Center for Creative Photography

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